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2012 Fantasy Hockey Draft - Offense Rankings

by chewy 23. August 2012 14:51

So here it is.  The top 150 forward rankings for the 2012-13 fantasy hockey season have arrived.  Before we get to the "Who's number 1?" debate, here are some highlights worth mentioning:

  • Zach Kassian (VAN) made the list (#150)
  • Mike Ribeiro (WAS) did not
  • Pittsburgh and Edmonton both placed 3 players in the top 15.
  • 5 teams had no players in the top 50 (Buffalo, Phoenix, Calgary, Florida, Columbus)
  • Columbus had 0 players make the list.  Zero.
  • Note: Rookies have not yet been added to the list.  Expect Yakupov to crack the top 80.
  • Biggest dropoff from last year's final standings: Franzen, Burrows, Cole
  • Biggest increases from last year's final standings: Crosby, Backstrom, Nugent-Hopkins
  • Most shocking pick: Eberle at #7


Who's #1?

The debate involved four names.  Looking any deeper is a waste of time.  Cutting any out would be an oversight.  In reality, it comes down to three factors:

1. Your league's point system.  (goals versus assists in worth)

2. Your tolerance for injury risk.

3. Gut feel.


You really can't go wrong choosing any one of these guys, so if you have the option, draft 4th and settle on whatever is left so you can cash earlier in round 2.  Ultimately, I chose the guy who has most consistently delivered the goals, and points, without injury concern for the last three seasons.  That would be Steven Stamkos.   If health were a guarantee, Crosby would be my #1.  Since it's not and since Malkin comes with similar injury concerns, I'll settle for those two with the 2nd or 3rd selection.  As for Giroux, I actually have no trouble picking him to win the scoring title.  The problem is that his points are heavily weighted on assists.  So far total fantasy production, I place him a close fourth.


Enough banter, here's the top:


1. Steven Stamkos (TAM)

If you're adverse to risk and just want a superstar you can count on (who can stay on the ice), then Stamkos is your guy. Three straight seasons of 90+ points. He was far and away the leading goal scorer in the league last season and will likely repeat that accomplishment this time around. Look for his first 100 point season. He has earned the right to go 1st overall in your draft.



2. Sidney Crosby (PIT)

The only question even worth considering at the top is "Can he stay healthy?" If you believe Crosby can make it through 65+ games this season, there is really no choice to be made. He is far and away the greatest player in the league. The ceiling is just too high to pass, even with the risk involved. No doubt, there is a huge risk here, as #87 has never played a complete 82 game season. Pick him first or second, 'cause he won't be around after that.



3. Evgeni Malkin (PIT)

Malkin was clearly The Man last season. He did everything right and earned every bit of the hardware he was handed. So can he repeat as the best player in the league? Much like his fellow center Crosby, it will come down to health. The last time he put up 100 points (113, actually) in '08-09, he followed it up with seasons of 77 and 37 points, due to various injuries. Still, the upside is far too high to pass on. Good enough to go first, shouldn't go beyond 3rd.



4. Claude Giroux (PHI)

There can be no doubt, Giroux has earned his spot among the elite. Through his first four NHL seasons, his point totals have steadily increased. The only factor holding him back from going first overeall is his meager goal production. He should have no problem finishing in the top 5 again this season, and should push for a career high 30 goals this time around.



The complete list of 150 can be found in our Draft Guru section.  From there, you can break it down by category (breakout players, sleepers, risers, fallers, etc.).  You can also customize your own draft list. 


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